Summer Panzanella

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I held a baby this weekend.

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I can’t be the only 25-year-old, married woman who has never held a baby, right? Bueller??

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I’m simply not qualified to hold anything that needs its head supported. Like, I accidentally grabbed the baby’s head with my hand instead of placing it into the crook of my arm & OH THE HORROR. I literally had to ask an adult to physically lift the baby head from my palm & place it in the crook.

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How do moms just ~know~ what to do? Like, they are all just so in tune with their offspring. Does breakfast, lunch and dinner suffice or are they like me & need a couple of snacks? Do babies require shampoo? How do you clip their nails? Why are their belly buttons funny looking? How do you know they’re still breathing?

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So, yeah, I’m definitely ready for kids.




Time: 40 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4


  • 1/2 loaf of whole grain bread, cut in chunks
  • 4 tomatoes off of the vine, cut in chunks
  • 1 red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 can of cannellini beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1 tbsp. of red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. of sugar
  • 3 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. of basil, chiffonaded

How to:

  • In a bowl, combine onion + red wine vinegar, set aside for 15-20 minutes
  • Meanwhile, combine tomatoes + sugar + 1 tbsp. of olive oil + S+P in another bowl, set aside for 15-20 minutes
  • In another small bowl, combine remaining olive oil + garlic + S+P
  • In a serving bowl, combine bread chunks + tomatoes + onion + beans + basil + S+P
  • Drizzle with the olive oil + garlic
  • Serve room temperature or chilled
  • Scoop handful into palm + rub gingerly on face it feels nice

14 thoughts on “Summer Panzanella

  1. ggstratton says:

    Bahahahaha….No you are not the only one. I’m sure of it. I am 49 and have only held a baby twice. I am going to try and maintain that number-They smell funny. Your recipe looks awesome. Love your blog.


  2. Jasmine S. says:

    I have been thinking of trying to make panzanella for the first time, and how wonderful that this is what popped up in my email today! Looks GOOD! Also, can’t wait to rub it gingerly all over my face.


  3. auntiedoni says:

    Oh my gosh, honey Moms DON’T just know these things, you learn as you go, that’s what your Mom, Grandmother, Aunts and Girl Friends are for…oh and is that stall bread that you used or fresh? I’ve never made Panzanella Salad before 😀


  4. Amanda @ Anchored to Sunshine says:

    Little babies totally freak me out haha I will be that crazy mom who overfeeds them because when they cry I will assume it means they are hungry and will hover over their crib all night making sure they are still breathing….. yea. I’m not ready for kids either haha


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